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Belle Fourche ceremony honors fallen soldiers

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A ceremony in Belle Fourche commemorates the September 11th attacks and honors service men and women who lost their lives.

Crowds of people came out to the Center of the Nation Monument to remember fallen soldiers from South Dakota.

"This is the perfect beautiful setting to have a remembrance ceremony for that tragic day 12 years ago. So it was just our way of paying tribute to people that have lost their lives and are suffering now because of the aftermath of 9/11," said Teresa Schanzenbach, Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.

The soldiers were honored with banners and also during a flag ceremony.

"I loved seeing those South Dakota flags being carried down as they did the roll call. It was very hard to watch it yet you were very proud that they fought and died for us and our freedoms," said Schanzenbach.

Family members of the fallen soldiers say events like this are important for the healing process.

"We lost them so we need to remember them. And I think this is a really great thing to do to remember them," said Bernadine Hawk Eagle.

Hawk Eagle's nephew, Sheldon, died in 2003 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

"It's still hard for me to talk about. Every time they have a gathering for this, I always think it was just yesterday that it happened," said Hawk Eagle.

For some it was about being thankful and reflecting.

"We get up and we're happy every day, but the mothers and the fathers of these 35 men and women that have perished from South Dakota and all over the united states, they get up with a heavy heart every single day."

Inside the Tri–State Museum in Belle Fourche, there are banners on display with the names and hometowns of the fallen service men and women. The Fallen Heroes Banners will be on display until September 19th.

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